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ISBN: 0465098835
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The author of the book: Stephanie Coontz
Edition: Basic Books
Date of issue: March 29th 2016

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Leave It to Beaver was not a documentary, a man’s home has never been his castle, and ‘50s marriages weren’t without strife—no matter what those who long for a bygone era of “family values” might say. In The Way We Never Were, acclaimed historian Stephanie Coontz provides a myth-shattering examination of two centuries of the American family, banishing the misconceptions about the past that cloud current debates about domestic life. The 1950s do not present a workable model of how to conduct our personal lives today, Coontz argues, and neither does any other era from our cultural past. Without minimizing the serious new problems facing modern American families, Coontz warns that nostalgia for a largely mythical age of “traditional values” is a trap that can only cripple our capacity to solve today's problems. This revised edition includes a new introduction and epilogue, looking at how well the original 1992 publication predicted current trends and how the clash between growing gender equality and growing economic inequality is reshaping family life, marriage, and male-female relationships in our modern era. Now more relevant than ever, The Way We Never Were continues to be a potent corrective to our dangerous nostalgia for an American tradition that never really existed.


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Ebook The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap read Online! Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and is Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families, which she chaired from 2001-04. Coontz is the author of "A Strange Stirring": The Feminine Mystique and the Wives of "The Greatest Generation" (Basic Books, forthcoming 2010) and the award-winning Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage(Viking Press, 2005). She also wrote The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap (1992 and 2000, Basic Books), The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America's Changing Families (Basic Books, 1997), and The Social Origins of Private Life: A History of American Families . She edited American Families: A Multicultural Reader (Routledge, 2008). Her writings have been translated into French, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Czech, German, Norwegian, Turkish, Greek, Chinese, Ukrainian, and Japanese.


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